Allen Fitzsimmons, owner of Transitioning Forward, is interested in helping people move easily through life transitions. Allen Fitzsimmons, of Belchertown, MA, is an avid tennis player in the USTA.
The United States Tennis Association works with returning military to help with the transition from military life to civilian life. There are approximately 22.7 million military veterans in the United States. USTA Foundation’s Military Outreach includes introducing tennis to wounded warriors as a form of physical rehabilitation. The Wounded Warrior tennis training offered by the USTA encourages returning military personnel to reconnect with other military veterans in sportsmanship, brotherhood, and competition.
For some of the returning military members, this is an opportunity to engage in physical activity in a non-judgmental setting with other military personnel, active and retired. For other players, it is a chance to improve their lives and connect with their families.
Sports can give veterans focus and a way to return to a more normal civilian life. The US Tennis Association’s goals with physical therapy are for the military veteran to increase physical activity while decreasing stress and social anxiety.